This Thursday, Who Wants to Be a Superhero? premieres on SciFi.
As with any new show, there's no way to tell how good it will be, but the video clips I have seen thus far look promising. One of the big draws to the show is that it features Stan Lee, who will apparently judge the contest and write a comic book based on the winning character.
I have a feeling that geeks will enjoy this show a bit more than the standard population, and that's most likely why it's on SciFi and not Fox or Bravo. Still, anyone who enjoys watching people dress up like jerks should derive some entertainment from the show.
Here's the official blurb on Who Wants to Be a Superhero?:
From all walks of life have come 11 very different people, all out to prove to legendary comic-book creator Stan Lee that they have what it takes to be a true superhero. But as they're about to learn, it takes more than a sharp costume and cool powers to be a hero — because for a true superhero, it's what kind of person you are that counts the most….
I hope that the premiere will show the audition with a man blowing up a large balloon-type device, getting inside it, sticking just his head out of the opening, and hopping around the stage. Good times. Still, not all that apply get on the show. Here's a little well-advertised spoiler: Only 11 contestants are chosen, and their superhero names are:
- Cell Phone Girl
- Fat Momma
- Major Victory
- Monkey Woman
- The Iron Enforcer
- Nitro G
- Ty Veculus
I don't know if we've really got the next Fantastic Four hiding in this bunch, but based on the auditions, I wouldn't hold your breath for Ben Grimm. Spider-Man taught us that with great power comes great responsibility. I think that this show might teach us that with great fame comes great dramatic geekage.
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